[linux-audio-dev] IUPUI Student Radio Station should be based on Linux

ben racher bracher at iupui.edu
Fri Mar 11 03:03:07 UTC 2005


I'm starting a student radio station at IUPUI in Indianapolis, Indiana 
and I want our entire audio infrastructure to be based on Linux. I've 
got a rough sense of all the apps we need and what apps to setup on 
which computers, but I thought I'd run the blueprints by you guys to see 
if you could give me any feedback.

Streaming/Web Server: Runs apache and icecast or the icecast mod for Apache.

Automation Computer: Runs some sort of playback program, I've been 
keeping my eyes on LiveSupport http://www.campware.org/ to schedule and 
automate the station when DJs aren't present.

Audio Archive: File Server for our digital library, probably all FLAC 
files, maybe Ogg, but I think we want FLAC in case we want to burn CDs.

And this is the part that I need help on...

Production Computer... so I've been tooling around with JACK and Ardour 
and MusE (not to be confused with MuSE) and other JACK apps and its all 
really cool and exciting. I never got the sound input to even really 
work in linux until a couple weeks ago. Yay for the 2.6.8+ kernels. So 
here are my thoughts on setting up a workstation, and I don't even know 
if this is possible, but that's why I'm mailing you guys. One department 
has kindly donated a brand new Dell Poweredge Dual Xeon 2.4 ghz somethin 
or other. The rest of our computers are from the university junkyard of 
midgrade PowerPC G4s and Pentium 3s. So the Poweredge is our gem 
computer out of all the other crappy computers. Is there any way for me 
to set up the speedy new poweredge as some kind of audio production 
renderfarm, and get the PPCs and the Pentium 3s to connect to it as 
production terminals? Cause, although multi-tracking on the G4s and 
Pentium 3s is possible, doing extensive work with FX plugins is probably 
out of the question.

See what I'm getting at? Also, the Poweredge also has about a 500gb raid 
system with it, which would be nice to use for storing our audio on and 
maybe even using as our digital archive as well, but that might be 
pushing it if we are doing audio production work on it as well? I'd 
imagine this might be the case, but I don't see why ftping flac files on 
a local network would be too much of a burden on the raid drive or dual 
processors. Another reason why it would be nice to be able to connect to 
a poweredge remotely to do audio work, is that it the poweredge makes 
about as much noise as a 747. So... its not exactly an audio production 
friendly unit.

So these are my thoughts. Am I crazy... or is there some magical way to 
make this happen?

- Ben Racher
bracher at iupui.edu

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